Eshoo bill promotes pipes for broadband; News Corp. Q1 report may be distracted by company shenanigans

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> Congresswoman Anna Eshoo has introduced a bill to push broadband deployment by including a requirement that plastic pipes or conduits be installed when federal highways are being built or repaired. Story

> Scandals and speculation over Rupert Murdoch-bred successors could grab more attention than financials when News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA) announces its first quarter results this afternoon. Story

> Even as the North Carolina Senate voted to restrict municipalities from getting into the broadband business, a report from the Center for Rural Strategies says 57 percent of the state's homes get Internet speeds below the minimum national standard. Story

> Granite Broadcasting has signed up to test Motive Television's Television Anytime Anywhere technology in San Francisco. News release

And finally ... things aren't going so well for AOL (NYSE: AOL), which reported that its first quarter revenue fell 17 percent to $551 million from $664 million last year based on advertising and subscriber revenue losses. Story